CATEGORIES Movie NewsJeff Bridges has been cast opposite Ryan Reynolds in Robert Schwentke's 'R.I.P.D.,' as expected. R.I.P.D. stands for Rest In Peace Department, a police force comprised of ghosts who battle spirits unready to depart this world. Reynolds will play Nick Cruz, a recently slain cop who joins the force. Bridges will play Roy, a gunslinger from the Old West who's been hunting spirits since the 1800s. The second lead role was originally to be filled by Zach Galifianakis, but the deal fell through and Bridges is stepping in. The Universal film is based on the Dark Horse comic written by Peter M. Lenkov. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Whistle while you work. Relativity Media has cast the seven dwarfs in its upcoming Snow White fairy tale competitor to Universal's 'Snow White and the Huntsman.' (On Tuesday, Relativity announced that the yet-to-be-titled movie will open on March 16, 2012, to one up Universal's decision to move up its Snow White project from Dec. 21, 2012 to June 1, 2012.) In addition to the dwarfs, Relativity tapped Michael Lerner to play Baron and Mare Winningham to play Baker Margaret. Relativity's press release announcing the castings describes the film as a reimagining of the classic fairy tale in which an evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright. Julia Roberts plays the Queen, Lily Collins plays Snow White, Armie Hammer plays Prince Andrew Alcott and Nathan Lane plays the Queen's hapless and bungling servant, Brighton. The seven dwarfs: Mark Povinelli ('Water for Elephants'), Jordan Prentice ('Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle'), Danny Woodburn ('Watchmen'), Sebastian Saraceno ('Bedtime Stories'), Ronald Lee Clark ('Epic Movie'), Martin Klebba ('Hancock') and Joey Gnoffo ('Pirates of the Caribbean'). Tarsem Singh directs.